Director: Andzej Gavriss
Synopsis: At a time when the global displacement crisis has reached 100 million people world wide, the hero short film features Ukrainian refugees and sends a message of support to all refugees around the world. The film focuses on the PTSD that refugees experience after they have fled the war, and culminates in a poetic symbol of unity and support. In total, over 60 Ukrainian refugees were involved in making the project.
Bio: Andzej Gavriss(he/him) is a multi award-winning director originally hailing from Eastern Europe – Latvia. Graduated from the University of Audio Visual Arts in 2015, Gavriss has already cultivated a strong body of work that showcases his incredible appetite for experimental filmmaking. Gavriss’ work has won a Grand Prize at CLIO, GOLD for Direction at CLIO, Silver at Cannes Lions, Gold Screen at YDA 2020, Wooden Pencil for Direction at D&AD, Gold at Cresta Awards for outstanding direction, Gold at UKMVA, Honoree at Webby, Gold for Direction at Golden Drum 2021, best cinematography in the music video at Camerimage. As well as nominated several times at Camerimage, Ciclope, Raindance, UKMVA, Kinsale Sharks, Berlin Commercial Festival, Staff Pick, BMVA, NIFF, Lift-Off Los Angeles and many other festivals. The distinctly stylized portfolio combines beautifully crafted shots with storytelling that packs a punch. Gavriss is a keen traveler, now based between LA and Berlin and shooting projects internationally.
Program: Between Fashion and Music – VAEFF 2022